Last week I wrote of the Examen and offered an example of how to pray this prayer.
For other ways of praying this prayer click HERE for a free app called “Reimagining the Examen”.
It provides an easy to follow Examen each day and only takes a few minutes to connect with God and yourself.
This emphasis on reflection permeates throughout Ignatian Spirituality and is a quality we wish to instil in Ignatian students. Ideally, this is part of the way of proceeding in Jesuit and Ignatian ministries.
Busyness in our home, work and social lives makes reflection difficult. As there is no immediate visible outcome we seldom appreciate the value of reflection. Unfortunately, it is generally in hindsight that we realise some reflection before proceeding may have helped. The email sent in anger and the best way to approach a sensitive topic are examples of tasks that may have better outcomes and less regrets if reflected upon before action. Reflection is also a great tool for going forward and learning from mistakes.
St Ignatius of Loyola would like us all to be contemplatives in action in all aspects of our lives.
Mrs Jacquie McCabe
Head of Ignatian Ethos